Men Began To Call Upon The Name Of The Lord

"And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD." (Genesis 4:25-26)

"And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD." (Genesis 4:25-26)

The Book of Genesis briefly follows the lineage that descended from Cain, ending with the tragic account of Lamech. We are told two things about this line: they fell into awful sinfulness, and they were apparently very resourceful. Lamech is mentioned only in connection with his sinfulness and unrepentant attitude toward God. His children are mentioned only in connection with their accomplishments. Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal-Cain are commended as the “fathers” of various arts and sciences; while Lamech’s daughter, Naamah (whose name means “pleasantness” or “loveliness”), is simply mentioned without comment.

“…For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b)

What a stunning contrast we have in the narrative concerning Cain’s line: people who seemed to be so filled with grace and beauty, yet with hearts that were dead to the things of God!

Seth’s Line

“For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?” (Isaiah 14:27 NASB)

The devil may have breathed a momentary sigh of relief when Abel fell dead to the ground – thinking that the seed that was to crush his head may have been snuffed out – but God’s plans are thwarted by no one. Eve called her new son “Seth”, the “appointed”, and recognized that it would be through this son that the Son would ultimately come Who would redeem mankind from the effects of sin’s curse.

“Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord”

When exactly the calling upon the name of the Lord began to occur is not certain. I do not believe that it was intended to be understood that nobody was acknowledging God before the birth of Enos. But I think a distinction is being made here between the descendants of Cain and the descendants of Seth. By reading just a little farther, it becomes readily apparent that there certainly was not a unanimous, all-encompassing turning toward God. Only that a very small remnant from this line would do so. So it has always been that it pleases God to preserve a small remnant (apparently only two individuals from Seth to Noah: Enoch and Noah himself) who will devote themselves wholly to the Lord.

And what is this great distinction between Cain’s line and Seth’s? It was not that one possessed greater wisdom and insight. It was not that one had more revelation from God than the other. It was not a different background, culture, or environment that made the difference. They called upon the name of the Lord. They recognized two extremely crucial things which those in Cain’s family did not: 1.) Who God was, and 2.) who they were. They acknowledged their need for God and that He was the only One Who could remedy the problem of the sin that separated them from Him. It is only by having a real understanding of these two things that will ever cause anyone to truly call upon the name of the Lord.

*New American Standard Bible (NASB)Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

9 responses

  1. AMEN — knowing who God is and understanding who we are is the key to calling upon Him. If we don’t acknowledge our need and our sinfulness, there will be no need in a person’s mind to call upon Him.

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  2. [...] And what is this great distinction between Cain’s line and Seth’s? It was not that one possessed greater wisdom and insight. It was not that one had more revelation from God than the other. It was not a different background, culture, or environment that made the difference. They called upon the name of the Lord. They recognized two extremely crucial things which those in Cain’s family did not: 1.) Who God was, and 2.) who they were. They acknowledged their need for God and that He was the only One Who could remedy the problem of the sin that separated them from Him. It is only by having a real understanding of these two things that will ever cause anyone to truly call upon the name of the Lord.  (http://answersfromthebook.org/2009/09/28/men-began-to-call-upon-the-name-of-the-lord/) [...]

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  3. hi what’s up friend i am gabriel gughan i have some question can u answer for me please …… thank you from gabby boy

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  4. cool……………………..i have some question can u help me thank you very much
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    anybody got any idea can tell to me

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  5. AMEN — knowing who God is and understanding who we are is the key to calling upon Him. If we don’t acknowledge our need and our sinfulness, there will be no need in a person’s mind to call upon Him.

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  6. What’s your question?

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  7. Thanks, Gabriel, for reading this and sharing your thoughts :)

    (Feel free to post any questions you have about this or, if you would prefer, you may E-mail me directly at

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  8. For so many there is a thought that saying they love God is all that counts. they go about life with no thought of God until their physical body have want. they only see God as a convenience store that is always open to their needs.

    I thank Go the we have men of God that press the issue of know who God truly is. and teaching to build sound relationships from there

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  9. Thanks for reading this post and taking the time to share your thoughts :)

    “They only see God as a convenience store that is always open to their needs.”

    How timely your comments are! I just finished writing a series about “What We Have In Christ”. The last post of the series deals with exactly this topic. So many people see God as a means to an end never realizing that He is the the One we should be pursuing. As long as we treat the Lord like a “convenience store”, we will never really know Him. Thank you for reminding us of this.

    May the Lord bless you greatly. Thanks again for stopping by, please feel free to visit and share your insights again :)

    Loren

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